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I have started subscribing to slashdot, an RSS feed of Slashdot, on the friends page of my LJ research community bayesnets. Yesterday I also added four cheap, syndicated RSS feeds: the Dictionary.com Word of The Day (dictionary_wotd), Calvin and Hobbes (calnhobbes), Dilbert (dilbert_feed), and ThinkGeek (thinkgeek).

Haaaalp! I can't knot stop looping the cover of Crowded House's classic "Don't Dream It's Over" by Sixpence None The Richer. Yesterday I listened to it 14 or 15 times in four groups of repeats; today, 3 so far. mirabehn should liek the video; it has Leigh Nash giving a lamb to a lille teuncer. The best I can do is to switch to another 6pNTR song.

Apropos of which: here is my Tolkien music. I tend to assign theme songs to characters in most SF I read...

istari_ala has done another set of Friday Fives. It has convinced me to procrastinate some more. Techoklitlan [1], here I come!

From 31 Jan 2003:

1. As a child, who was your favorite superhero/heroine? Why?
Ultraman (Urutoraman), because he trasked Godzilla (Gojira) by shooting energy bolts called specium rays out of his palms. Urutora surasshu preceded Xena's chakram by a good fifteen years at least. The world is a simple and logical place when one is six or seven.
(I also looked up to Superman and got in trouble in preschool for trying to fly over the heads of my classmates by - you guessed it - leaping from one table top to another.)

2. What was one thing you always wanted as a child but never got?
Hrm... I'd have to say I didn't want for anything as a child. Oh, except a little brother or sister, of course.

3. What's the furthest from home you've been?
Taipei, Taiwan, though that could be considered a home away from home, I suppose.
On the North American continent: Skagway, Alaska (here's a map of the region).

4. What's one thing you've always wanted to learn but haven't yet?

5. What are your plans for the weekend?
Work! What else? :-)

From 07 Feb 2003

1. What did you have for breakfast this morning? If you didn't have breakfast, why not?
I must admit that aside from McDonald's or hotel breakfasts on travel days, and the occasional hashbrowns with a nice Madras curry, I don't usually have any breakfast except a glass of milk.

2. What's your favorite cereal?
It's a three-way tie among Frosted Flakes (Kellogg's), Corn Pops (Kellogg's), and Fruity Pebbles (Post).

3. How often do you eat out? Do you want that to change?
I eat fast food about 2-3 times a week and otherwise eat out about once a week.
It doesn't matter much to me whether that changes a little. I need to expand my cooking repertoire, certainly.

4. What do you plan on having for dinner tonight? Got a recipe for that?
Cold pasta, semi-Chinese-style, with thinly-sliced cucumbers, ham or chicken, and strips of omelette, a little sesame oil, and a teensy bit of garlic, vinegar, and chili pepper oil.

5. What's your favorite restaurant? Why?
I used to like the Mandarin Wok (dong[1] hai[3] yu[2] cun[1]) in Champaign, IL. My advisor, who is vegetarian, also speaks highly of it. I also enjoy going to Red Lobster, but the nearest one is in Topeka, KS. In Manhattan, KS, I'd have to say Royal Thai Cuisine just acos it is the ONLY Thai restaurant in the entire town. Bha.

And lastly, 28 Feb 2003:

1. What is your favorite type of literature to read (magazine, newspaper, novels, nonfiction, poetry, etc.)?
alt.fan.tolkien (JUST KIDDING!!) I'd have to say speculative fiction (SF).

2. What is your favorite novel?
The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. (Yew thought I would saz LoTR, didn't yew? Hah, it isn't even #2 on my list of novels.)

3. Do you have a favorite poem? (Share it!)
"To Homer" (1816) by John Keats (1795-1821).
I aslo like "Mending Wall" (1915) by Robert Frost (1874-1963) and "Song by the River" (1076) by Su Tungpo (1036-1101).

4. What is one thing you've always wanted to read, or wish you had more time to read?
See istari_ala's response. My shelves, my library borrowing lists, my wish lists, my LiveJournal, and my brain are all crammed with books I haven't read yet.

5. What are you currently reading?
Learning Bayesian Networks by Richard E. Neapolitan and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.

[1] Aztec holy city of slacking off, ruled over by Unpunctualitpoca, goddess of procrastination.



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(no subject) - immortalvisions - Apr. 13th, 2003 02:20 pm (UTC) - Expand
Apr. 13th, 2003 02:28 pm (UTC)
Power Word, Discombobulate
Great! I guess the urutora geiku (Ultra Geek) attax involves gratuitous use of 50-pfence words, eh?

(I also recommend www.onelook.com for all your dictionary needs)
Apr. 13th, 2003 04:20 pm (UTC)
I'm being a bad influence on you :)

Why is you lellow though? You been de-blued?

I guested yuo were mroe of a Silmarillion guy than a Lotr guy. which reminds me.. The Shaping of Middle-earth has been sitting on my shelf waiting to be read for over 6 years. Munst get to that!
Apr. 13th, 2003 05:36 pm (UTC)
Re: Hehehe...
I'm being a bad influence on you :)

"Power lasts ten yeats; influence no more than a hundred."
- Korean proverb

To paraphrase a famos Fwemen pwocwastinator, free time materializes miraculously as important deadlines approach.

Why is you lellow though? You been de-blued?

I'm lellow acos I was born taht waz, memember?
(Hrm. And I'm glowing blue. So I guess that makes me a green lalien.)

I guested yuo were mroe of a Silmarillion guy than a Lotr guy.

Wreally? How'd you come to taht conclusion?

which reminds me.. The Shaping of Middle-earth has been sitting on my shelf waiting to be read for over 6 years. Munst get to that!

Yepyep! Wouldja believe I have only read half of Unfinished Tales?
(Somehow I dknot think that's what CJRT had in mind. #-))

(waugh, now Amazong is recommending Insense & Insensibility to me)
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Apr. 14th, 2003 08:22 am (UTC)
Hi, Elly!
Oh man... I did that to a whole compilation tape that a friend gave me, with reference to Dragonquest by Anne McCaffrey. Can't remember what half of them were though (this was about ten years ago) but you never quite lose the knack for it.

Yep. For me, I noticed that I had the knack when I started writing parodies c. 1985 and migrated into filk parodies c. 1999.

It was realising that the song Refrain, audacious tar from Gilbert and Sullivan's "HMS Pinafore" was heavily appropriate for Buffy and Spike that really got me questioning my sanity. *grin*

My word! Those lyrics wreally are oddly apropos.

Meriadoc Brandybuck - Hands (Jewel)
Théoden, Lord of Rohan - Winter (Tori Amos)

Thinks about these. (I know the Crowded House version of "Don't Dream It's Over" but I'm not well enough up on Silmarillion to comment on the other. :) )

Acksherly, there isn't lal that much about Gil-galad in The Silmarillion. He was the heir of Orodreth, Lord of Nargothrond (not the son of Fingon as CJRT had it) and ruled as the High-King of the Noldor in Middle-earth through the Second Age; he is remembered for honoring the Last Alliance of Eldar and Edain in the war against Sauron, and that's why I chose the song.
This entry from the Encyclopedia of Arda</a> pretty much says it all. Brian Crawford's fanfic Isildur!, which is good in some places and blatantly inaccurate in others (especially regarding the Three), presents the fall of Sauron in the Second Age much better than PJ did, attributing the death-blow to a last stroke by Gil-galad (cf. the Dwarf-king Azaghal and the dragon Glaurung on the field of the Battle of Unnumbered Tears).

Ooh, I *like* Merry and Hands. I'm a huge Merry fan and Hands is probably my favourite Jewel song and yet that would never have occured to me. Makes a lot of sense, though. [praises your view of Merry *g*]

Thanks. The first time I heard that song, I wondered whether Jewel Kilcher might be a LoTR fan. (Anyone know?)

Theoden and Winter took more thinking about. Is this with reference to his relationship with Thengel? 'Cos I've obviously got some gaps in my knowledge about that... All the white horses though... that's good.
Could also apply I suppose to either Eomer or Eowyn, I think, wrt Theoden - substitute "uncle" for "father". "When you gonna love you as much as I do"... awwwww. *grins*

It's actually with reference to his relationship with Théodred, Éomer, Éowyn, and Merry - Théoden was a father figure to all of the latter three, as is revealed in their interactions with him and with Merry's lament at his funeral. Bernard Hill isn't a bad actor at all, but I think PJ missed a chance to make him shine in TTT.

As for the lyrics, I like the "winter" metaphor (cf. the "winter" of Thingol that Lúthien healed with a touch of her hand - actually the song works within the Lay of Leithan as well). The headstrong nature of Théoden's nephew and niece are narrated well by the song, I think. And "I hear a voice: `you must learn to stand up for yourself, 'cause I can't always be around'" illustrates the feelings of kingship and duty that he imparted to his son and to Éomer and Éowyn.

I've added lyrics links to all three songs - thanks for reminding me!

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